Suicides were examined from the origin of policing in Queensland in 1843 up to 1992. Suicide rates were higher earlier, around 60/100,000, declining to around 20/100,000 recently. This rate is lower than most other police studies but the same as in the general community (employed). Most suicides were associated with psychological & physical ill health, alcohol abuse & domestic problems. However work problems were more evident – the proximity in time of disciplinary events & suicide was striking.